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A HOUSE FOR AN ACTIVE FAMILY 



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BUILT TO YOUR NEEDS 



by L. Morgan Yost, Architect 



TO GET the most "living" from a house, you must build 
it from the inside out. If you merely start with a shell — 
say a Cape Cod bungalow — and fill the space with rooms, 
the chances are you can't get light where you want it . . . you 
can't have the size and shape of rooms that you want. You 
are also strictly limited in the way you can relate the rooms 
to one another — for easy housework, convenient living and 
your particular needs. 

To get the most out of a house, you must start with what 
you want and build your house around that idea. This 
Revere Quality House, I feel, is a good example of how such 
planning works. For I started out on this house with just an 
idea — one that my own growing family makes particularly 
vital to me. That idea is that a house can be built to fill the 
special needs of a couple with growing children. I think you 
will agree that the advantages of this house could have been 
arrived at in no other way. 

If you have already looked at the plan (page 3), we can 
proceed to see if you do agree. Here is the meaning this 
house has for me ... 

This house is divided into two areas. One is for polite liv- 
ing. The other is for family play and work. This play or work 
room is probably the most unusual feature of the house. 
Really an enlarged hall, but with plenty of light provided 



Living in the out-of-doors comes easily on this intimate terrace; privacy is as- 
sured by the wooden louver at right; the terrace is only a few steps from the kitchen. 



Paved streets, sidewalks, utility systems and 
sewer pipe are the things that determine the cost 
of property in new real estate developments. As 
a result, the lots are sold by the front-foot and 
tend to be long and narrow. Here is a plan that 
helps you make the most of your property. For 
this house, the lot should run as nearly east and 
west as possible. That puts the "window side" of 
the house on the south — for sunlight the year 
around and warmth in the winter. For the great- 
est yard space on the terrace side, the house 
should be located as near as possible to the north 
side of the lot. Switching the garage entrance to 
the east side of the house is a possible variation 
that might give more space on your particular lot. 




Lots of windows on the Southern side, but 



. protection from cold winds on the north. 





The children can play and moth- 
er do her sewing, ironing and 
so on in this warm and sunny 
multi-purpose "play room" . . . 



by large windows, it still serves to connect the other rooms. 
In addition, this device eliminates the dead space usually 
taken up by halls. Notice that children coming in from play 
or school may hang up their coats, go directly to the bath- 
room and then come in for a meal without passing through 
any other part of the house. 

For those families with small children, the kitchen and 
laundry area has easy supervision over the play area and 
outside play yard. Light for this kitchen and laundry is pro- 
vided by a north window, and the large south window in the 
dining area assures plenty of cheerful sunshine getting into 
the room. 

Needless to say, the convenient location of the bath is 
appreciated by the mother. Also, because the kitchen and 
bath are located back to back, the piping is concentrated, 
which is in the interest of economy. 

The two bedrooms opening off the play or work room are 
for the children. This provides desirable privacy for each 
child. (As indicated on the plan, the light wood partition be- 
tween these rooms can be removed if that is desirable.) Each 
of these rooms, as furnished, has: a bed with a book shelf 
over it, a closet with shelves behind for the storage of the 
inevitable paraphernalia, a chest of drawers with a mirror 
over it, a desk that is lighted by a north window, and an 



. . . while with the draperies 
closed, this room becomes a per- 
fect spot for a buffet supper, for 
dancing, or even formal dining. 



Photographs courtesy McCall's Magazine, under 
whose direction this house was furnished and dec- 
orated. Furnishings supplied by Reis Furniture 
Co., South Bend; and draperies by Andreau's 
Drapery &. Curtain Shop. 



extra upholstered chair. (The bed, chests, 
wardrobes and desks are built in.) If neces- 
sary, these rooms could hold double-decked 
beds. 

The master bedroom has a good window 
area on two sides, and the wardrobe is almost 
nine feet long, by contrast with the usual 3- 
foot closet. 

The play room is well lighted and has 
a large case at one end for the storage of 
games and any other work or play items. 
At the other end is a large wardrobe for 
the children's out-of-doors clothes as well 



as for some of their games and toys. 

Both the kitchen-laundry and the living 
room have been planned to avoid traffic and 
the latter has wall space provided for a piano 
as well as the usual sofa. 

More storage room is found at the side of 
the garage — the overhanging roof providing 
a sheltered path to it. Finally, at the other 
end of the house is an outside closet. This is 
especially for children's small wheel toys and 
garden tools. 

The simplicity of this plan belies the 
amount of time spent on design. The prob- 



lems and needs of a family with children 
were most carefully thought out. The main 
point is that living areas of the two genera- 
tions have been separated: special play area 
has been provided for the children, and the 
living room has been reserved for quiet liv- 
ing and entertainment. 

CONSTRUCTION 

This house is of frame construction, fin- 
ished on the exterior with strips of water- 
proof, plastic-coated plywood two feet wide. 
These lap to form a drip, and a deep attrac- 
tive shadow line. Sash are of wood with case- 



This wall of glass, opening on the terrace, makes the living room 
bright and cheerful in the daytime, while the fireplace on the 
opposite wall (see cover) is the center of the room at night. 



Carrying the draperies past the windows adds distinction to this 
corner of the master bedroom, while the integrated furnishings pre- 
serve the spacious feeling — as does the built-in wardrobe (see plan). 






Efficient, modern and easy 
to keep clean, is this stream- 
lined U-shaped combination 
kitchen and laundry. Cen- 
trally located, it adjoins the 
living room, dining area, 
play room and bath. 



ment ventilators. A built-up roof with colored 
gravel topping shelters the house and its over- 
hanging eave line is broken to produce accent, 
protection and interesting shadows. 

The gutters extend past the end of the 
roof to soften the appearance and to avoid 
the cropped effect that so many gable-ended, 
one-story houses have. The gable ends of the 
roof overhang and are slanted outward to the 
peak — to further soften the roof line. 

The soil of South Bend is pure sand, so a 
concrete post and grade beam foundation 
was used. The concrete floor slab was laid 
directly on the sand. One of the first con- 
siderations was the design of the heating 
system. We used a centrally-located, down- 
circulation oil furnace with two under-the- 
floor loops running around the perimeter of 
the house. These are metal ducts buried in 
the concrete of the slab. Thus the slab will 
not be cold around the 



Sturdy, built-in furniture — 
a wardrobe, a desk and a 
chest of drawers—are includ- 
ed in both the children's 
bedrooms. Bunk-beds can be 
used or the partition between 
the rooms removed, depend- 
ing on your changing needs. 



edges and a certain 
amount of heat is ra- 
diated from the floor. 



The warm air is let into each room by grills 
under the window areas. Thus the cold down 
drafts from the windows are counteracted by 
rising warm currents. There are no return 
ducts for the air, but a grill at the furnace 
takes the air back in at ceiling level. It might 
be said that the house itself acts as the return 
duct and that the warmed, ceiling air is re- 
circulated rather than left to stand useless in 
the upper regions of the house. 

The large south window will assist the 
heating plant on sunny winter days — with the 
broad over-hangs of the eaves preventing the 
summer sun from entering the rooms. 

Interior walls are plastered, as this is al- 
ways popular and is the most economical 
type of finish in this locality. Cases and cabi- 
net work form many of the partitions. The 
roof is supported by identical wood trusses 
so that the exterior shell of the house can be 
completed and the interior partitions in- 
stalled later. 



BEHIND THE HOUSE 



An architect and a builder with a common goal 



As are all Revere Quality Houses, this one was built by a 
team — an architect and a builder who combined their talents 
and experience to find out just how much quality and good 
living can be packed into a moderate-priced house. 



L. MORGAN YOST, the architect, who designed this house with 
his own family in mind, graduated from Ohio State Univer- 
sity in 1931 and opened his own office in 1933. Most of his 
work is residential, though he does commercial and institu- 
tional jobs as well. Vice-president of the Chicago Chapter of 
the American Institute of Architects and President of the 
North Shore Architects, he is particularly interested in the 




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Architect L. Morgan Yost . . . 



. . , and Builder Andrew S. Place. 



development of modern architecture in America. 

ANDREW S. PLACE, the builder member of this team, studied 
engineering at Purdue University and worked for the Car- 
negie Illinois Steel Corporation before going into the build- 
ing business with his father in 1938. As secretary-treasurer 
of Place & Company, he is the purchaser and engineer, but 
spends most of his time on the job supervising construction. 
Place & Company were the first in South Bend to use poured 
concrete foundations, to pre-cut dimensional lumber, to pre- 
fabricate on the site, to promote a substantial basementless 
house and to use their system of forced-air, radiant-type 
heating. 



CHOICE OF MATERIALS 



No house is better than the materials of which it is made 

PART of the Revere Quality House Institute's program 
is to help you become familiar with products and meth- 
ods that spell quality construction. Only if you know what 
quality consists of can you demand it. Only by demanding 
it can you bring it about. So we try in each of these booklets 
to tell you about a few of the quality features to be found in 
the house in question. Outstanding in this house are: 

FOUNDATION — Reinforced concrete piers, 10" in diameter, 6' 
apart, carry a continuous reinforced concrete "grade beam" 
16" deep. 

THE HEATING SYSTEM — Radiant and forced air heating is sup- 
plied by a system which sends the hot air through metal 
ducts in the concrete floor. There are adjustable outlets in 
each room (for individual room temperature control) and 
a thermostatic regulator on the oil furnace for the over-all 
control. 



THE SIDING— This is of plastic coated plywood. Made of three 
plies of Douglas fir, glued with waterproof resin glue, this 
plywood has a thin sheet of plastic on the exterior surface. 
The result is to prevent the raised grain of ordinary painted 
plywood, as well as providing trouble-free exterior walls. 

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Strong basic structure and careful, 
clean work in the wiring and water 
lines are a sure mark of quality to 
look for in any house. 



Using easily-bent copper water tube 
for the service line from the water 
main (left) assures long, trouble-free 
service because copper cannot rust. 



FLOORS — Concrete, covered with asphalt tile throughout the 
house. This material is recognized as one of the best com- 
mercially available for use over a concrete floor on the 
ground. It is sealed to the floor and strongly resists damp- 
ness. Such a floor can be reconditioned easily and cheaply 
by simply replacing the damaged tiles. 

The terrace, walk, and drive are of concrete slab con- 
struction, with welded steel reinforcing mesh to provide a 
durability equivalent to that of national highways. 

INTERIOR WALLS — Plaster which in this area costs no more, or 
even less, than the various board-type wall surfaces. In such 
a situation, most people prefer plaster for its perfect smooth- 
ness and because no joints can be seen. 

SHEET METAL— The architect wrote into his Specifications that 
all sheet metal should be "Revere Sheet Copper, 16 oz." 
This quality material was used for roof edging and gravel 
stops; for chimney flashing and counter-flashing; for cap 
flashings, covering the ends of rafters exposed to the 
weather, and the tops of the pieces that make up the louver 
screen (quarter inch turn-downs were made and the sheet 
was secured with copper nails); for flashing under the entire 
concrete chimney cap; for the built-up vent housing. 

INSOLATION— This is achieved in the walls of this house by 
using 25/32" insulation board as sheathing, plus two inches 
of Kimsul blanket-type insulation. This popular product 
consists of wood-fiber, chemically treated for resistance to 
fire, insects, and decay, stitched between two layers of 
tough paper, one of which is vapor proof. This is nailed be- 
tween the vertical studs of the wall. Four inches of rock 



wool with a vapor barrier is installed above the ceiling 
where the greatest heat loss normally occurs. 



5 — Copper water tube is used for the service line from 
the main to the house and for all interior lines. This rust- 
proof piping affords maximum protection against leaks and 
helps to insure an unfailing supply of clear, clean water. It is 
also economical to install because it is easy to bend and be- 
cause it comes in long lengths that require fewer joints. 
Joints may be made with either soldered or compression 
fittings. 

ROOF -Made of five plies of felt and mopped asphalt and 
topped with gravel, its estimated life is twenty years. It is of 
the high melting point type, which means that its melting 
point is beyond any possible external temperature, and it 
will not sag or run under the hottest summer sun. 

WIRING — Low-voltage wiring is used between fixtures and 
switches. This means that there are actually two electrical 
systems in the house. The circuit carrying the regular volt- 
age supplies current to the lighting fixtures and wall outlets. 
The low-voltage circuit runs from the switches to the fixtures 
where the low-voltage current actuates relays (automatic 
switches) that turn the high-voltage current on and off at 
each fixture. At first glance this may seem needlessly in- 
volved, but it is not. There are two great advantages. First 
is that much less expensive wire can be used in the low-volt- 
age circuit. (Smaller wire without heavy insulation.) This 
means you can have more switches and more conveniently 
placed switches for the same amount of money. The second 
advantage is that cutting down on the amount of regular- 
voltage wiring in a house reduces fire hazards. 




A BETTER HO 



This ceiling installation of radiant panel heating 
makes efficient use of Revere Copper Tube. 



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GOPPER FLASHING— Seals the vital joints of your house lastingly 
against the elements, prevents rotted beams and ruined ceilings 
and walls. Only Revere offers you the Revere Home Flashing 
System — a simplified, highly economical method of weather-seal- 
ing that features pre-cut sheets of specially tempered Revere 
copper, engineered for the needs of smaller homes and farms. 

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS -Prevent rain water from streaking the 
walls, seeping through brickwork, framing and masonry — ruining 
flower beds and finding its way into your cellar. While other 
metals rust and must be replaced, a roof drainage system of 
Revere Sheet Copper will last as long as the building. And it's 
cheaper in the long run— because it requires no maintenance. 
First cost is last cost! 

COPPER PIPING — Because it cannot rust, Copper Water Tube or Red 
Brass Pipe will give years of trouble-free service. Your water will 
be sparkling clear, and the flow will not diminish through the 
years. 

COPPER HOT WATER TANKS — Rusty hot water is the housewife's despair. 
The way to prevent it is to install a hot water storage tank or 
heater made of Revere Copper or Revere Herculoy (a Silicon- 
Copper alloy with the strength of steel). In that way you can be 
sure of clear hot water at all times. And replacement costs can- 
not hang over your head. 



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USE FOR YOU 



COPPER HEATING LINES -The advantages of Copper Water Tube for 
water supply piping apply with equal force to heating installa- 
tions. Because Copper Water Tube never rusts, its carrying capac- 
ity remains the same indefinitely. And that results in a definite 
saving because you do not need to use oversize pipe or dirt pock- 
ets. Pipe coverings can also be lighter because copper piping is 
smaller in diameter and does not radiate as much heat as iron or 
steel pipe. Installation cost is kept low because copper water tube 
is easily bent and because joints are made with economical solder- 
type or compression fittings. 

Here are just a few of the other places in which the special quali- 
ties of copper and its alloys can serve you well: rustproof bronze 
windows; small but efficient copper radiators or convectors and 
radiant panel heating installations; bronze or copper window 
screening; copper or bronze weather-strip; permanent, handsome 
hardware; lighting fixtures; plumbing fixtures; and in many deco- 
rative ways — such as hammered copper hoods for fireplaces and 
built-in window boxes. 

In addition, Revere produces aluminum thresholds, architectural 
moldings and shapes for window frames and screens. 
The use of Revere building products of copper, brass, bronze or 
aluminum makes a house a healthy house. Their use is truly a sign 
of quality construction. 

For further information about Revere building products, write 
Revere Copper and Brass Incorporated, 230 Park Ave., New 
York 17, N. Y. 



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REVERE QUALITY HOUSE BUILT IN SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 













This is the FIFTH house to be built under the aus- 
pices of the Revere Quality House Institute, as a 
further step to determine how much real quality 
and happy living can be built into a small home 
designed to sell at a moderate price. As many houses 
are being built— and the work of the Institute widely 
publicized— the result will be the creation of tested 
standards ol value for houses. With these standards 
to guide you, you will be better able to judge the 
value of the house you buy. This house was designed 
to sell for about $17,000, including a corner lot, a 
gas range, gas refrigerator, gas hot water heater, gas 
clothes dryer, automatic washing machine, special 
wiring system, and similar extra features. 

The Institute — a non-profit organization under 
the independent direction of a leading American 
architect— is sponsored by Revere Copper and Brass 
Incorporated and "The Architectural Forum", a fore- 
most publication in the field of contemporary housing. 



Under the terms of its agreement with the Insti- 
tute, Revere exercises absolutely no control over 
the materials used by the participating architects 
and builders. But Revere knows that good houses 
must contain considerable copper and brass, that 
these materials must become part of any complete 
set of standards that are created. As a manufac- 
turer of copper, brass and bronze, Revere is assured 
that it will benefit— as will the public— through im- 
proved standards of quality in building. You will 
find more details about Revere building products 
and about the way they can improve the house you 
live in, on pages 10 and 11 of this booklet. 

Prospective home owners can purchase complete 
working drawings and specifications of any Institute 
house for $100. From these, your own builder can 
construct the house. For further information about 
these plans, about the work of the Institute, about 
its houses or the part its sponsors play, please 
write to: 



John Hancock Callender, Architect 

Executive Secretary 

Revere Quality House Institute • 280 Madison Avenue, New York 1 6, N. Y. 



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